The Southern Christmas Show has started in North Carolina, and "oh what fun it is". We headed there yesterday for the first Friday show. Because I know the weekends are typically super crowded, we tried to avoid those days, but I wanted to take my mom and make it a girl's trip. If you'd like to see general information about the show, you can check out my last blog post about The Southern Christmas Show.
When I say "we", I mean myself, my mother, and my daughter. Perhaps this was my first mistake. You see, last year when I went I had the luxury of not taking my daughter but this year she was in tow and OH BOY! It started when she refused to stay in her stroller, which is already not a great place to have a stroller to begin with. It was worse than Disney World on its sell out days. She was in an
alien bad mood and didn't want to taste test the many awesome things there was to offer. And to say she wasn't entirely entertained is an understatement. Thankfully we found a few things she was interested in including Santa, the model trains, and the model doll houses. She did eventually fall asleep (which was heavenly. Picture to come soon) and I cannot believe how many times we were stopped to tell us how beautiful/angelic/etc etc she is. They must have missed the mood she was in 30 minutes prior. Basically, all I'm saying is: it's not the best place to take small children if they're not the laid back type. Regardless, we had a wonderful time.
The Southern Christmas Show does a wonderful job setting up a venue to really get you in the Christmas spirit. If you can pull yourself away from the crowd, I challenge anyone going to step back and look at the detail. It's simply amazing. Of course as you get into the other "halls", the detail does decline, but there are some awesome vendors in those areas so you'll be so engulfed in finding things you want you'll never even notice the difference. Speaking of vendors, the wide variety of goods being sold is amazing. I often wonder if people save up all year for this event because the amount of money you can spend is...unspeakable.
While we're on the topic of vendors, I'll highlight some of my favorites:
Duplin Winery: There's no doubt that I look forward to buying their "Sweetzer kits" aka wine slushies each year. It cost far too much to have the products shipped during the year and at the show they offer a discount when you buy multiples. Not only are their wines and kits amazing, their Muscadine Pineapple Habanero Salsa is to die for especially mixed with cream cheese. Ps. there is always the same guy in the area of the Sweetzer kits giving out samples. He's an awesome salesman. Next time, I need to catch his name. Super nice. Two thumbs up for great service.
A Bum's Rum Cake: To DIE for. Seriously, no words. Let's just say, If you've ever had a Tortuga Rum Cake, you'll wish you hadn't. True story. I may or may not have bought a whole cake. We'll see in 5ish weeks. ;) Oh, and the owners are a super nice localish to me couple, which is a major plus in my book. Make sure to try every flavor and try telling me you didn't have to restrain yourself from buying their complete inventory. My mom that is self proclaimed NON rum fan *loved* the coconut.
Southern Nest: One of my sweet friends from high school is actually the brains (and beauty) behind this business. If you've ever dreamed of true Southern Style, she is the exact replica and everything she makes is perfectly matched. Her monogram cut outs are top quality that you'll find no where else. Not only does she run her business making monograms, you'll find her blogging tons of inspiration at Charming Little Nest. Don't say I didn't warn you about that down home cuteness overload. In case you're heading to the show, she sent me a coupon to share with my readers. Be sure to print it out and let her know that I said hi! :)
Notice above, I mentioned my "first mistake", I'll admit I made two more mistakes. My second being not saving all year for this event. I seriously could have spent more money than I honestly want to imagine there. Trust me, I spent enough as it is. If you're anything like myself and can be tempted, I suggest setting a budget before you go. Regardless of what your budget is, even if it's small or doesn't exist, most vendors have business cards so you can contact them later for purchasing. My third and last mistake was again not allowing myself enough time. I know, I said it my last post that I made that mistake last time but this time was due to getting a last minute, out of the blue call for a job opportunity (we'll keep our fingers crossed for that). We had to leave by 4ish so we missed quite a few vendors. Lesson learned...again.
All in all, we had a wonderful time. I'm so glad I was able to take my mom and the cranky daughter. Hopefully one day Sweet Girl will be the one asking myself and her Maw Maw to go with her to the Southern Christmas Show. After all, it is now tradition.
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